Autumn Acorn Forest Folk

Our adorable acorn family, how cute is that baby!!

Our adorable acorn family, how cute is that baby!!

I love creating things inspired by nature , especially if it’s something that Coppertop will enjoy. This charming little Autumn family created from cones and acorns fit that criteria perfectly. We made these last Autumn but thought I would share as they brought us a lot of fun and lots of happy memories. The day we foraged our supplies was a typical Irish Autumn day, showers of rain on and off, punctuated with blue skies and golden light, just cold enough to have our gloves on but warm enough that we were hot after running about in the leaves for a while. We decided to go on a hunt for some cones, twigs, acorns and conkers for our nature table, squealing with delight at every curious squirrel coming to see who was in amongst the acorns. Such a wonderful morning…….then, the sky turned black, the wind picked up and before we knew it, we were running for home absolutely soaked to the skin, clothes stripped off, under a warm shower followed by some almond milk hot chocolate, poor Coppertop’s little legs run off her. So with the continuing deluge outside, we made our new little family to play with 🙂

Our Winter shelf where Coppertop loved looking at the lights and making her acorn family skate across the pond

Our Winter shelf where Coppertop loved looking at the lights and making her acorn family skate across the pond

We just glued acorns on our cones(we picked the ones that were fairly flat on the bottom), acorn caps on the top ( making acorn jewels with all the rest of the caps, another post to follow on those), drew on eyes with a marker then used felt to create their little scarves and shawls to protect them against the cold. the shawls were a wide triangular piece of felt, crossed at the front and glued in place. The scarves, a long thin rectangular piece fastened in the same way. The adorable little baby acorn was a tiny acorn glued onto a slighter bigger acorn for the body, wrapped in a felt blanket and nestled in a conker shell, a walnut shell would work too (they’re my favourite family member!) Such a cute little natural family for us to play with, in houses created using wooden blocks, our Grimms rainbow, on our Autumn and then Winter nature shelf, in boats in the bath and to put on little plays. Hours of fun and special memories, largely for free. Coppertop actually preferred these to the other figures she had at the time, especially on the Winter nature shelf where she loved making them skate on the pond. I can’t wait to see what we come up with this year 🙂

Taken that day , splashing about in water as usual

Taken that day , splashing about in water as usual

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